Artist Becca Saladin - Historical Figures Recreated Into Modern Humans

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Artist Becca Saladin - Historical Figures Recreated Into Modern Humans

Becca said she was grateful for the support and interest in her artworks and couldn't wait to see what happened next.

Becca Saladin, an artist as a graphic designer and history lover, tries to re-create some of the most famous historical figures in the world as modern humans today. Her creativity and bright ideas deserve a thumbs up seeing from these realistic and extraordinary artworks.

Becca said she had been fascinated by history and archeology since she was a child. "I think humans view the past as a series of events; something like a film that we cannot feel or touch, "said the artist. "I believe the things that bring us closer to the past are those who truly humanize us - the bodies of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Inca mummies, the personal objects of those long lost, and more."

"I make some updates from time to time on older works utilizing more techniques I’ve learned over the years. He’s Alexander the Great, who has been a favorite post of mine since the beginning!"

The woman started Royalty Now back in February 2019 only to see how her favorite historical figure, Anne Boleyn, would look like a modern woman. "I want to know if she can live from some of the pale and flat portraits we have of him," Becca said. What started as a project to satisfy her own curiosity finally earned 226k followers on Instagram. Becca said she was grateful for the support and interest in her artworks and couldn't wait to see what happened next.

See historical figures reorganized as modern people in the gallery below!

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# Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States, being an integral developer of the constitution as well as the founder of our financial system. Hamilton lived a massively interesting life filled with war, statesmanship, a sex scandal, a duel, and so much more.

# King Tutankhamun

King Tut has long been my favorite, and was created in 2005 when 2 teams were tasked with recreating what King Tut may have looked like. It shows some of the features that may have been the result of inbreeding, such as the overbite and weak chin. I realize that the hard work here has been done for me by Daynes, but I wanted to bring him into the modern-day of.

# Venus From Botticelli’s Famous “The Birth of Venus”

Venus from Botticelli’s famous “The Birth of Venus”, painted during the height of the Italian Renaissance. The model for Venus is the gorgeous Simotta Vespucci, one of the artist’s muses. I think she’s one of the most beautiful females ever painted.

# Mary, Queen Of Scots

This portrait was painted when Mary was between 16 and 18 years old, painted around the time of her wedding to Francis, the Dauphin of France. Honestly, she’s hard to pin down because I’ve seen so many portraits of her and they all look very different. I wouldn’t call Mary beautiful exactly, but she was tall, charming, and vivacious according to descriptions.

# Genghis Khan (Video Of The Process)

# Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan, one of the most fascinating rulers in history and the founder of the Mongol Empire. Genghis was also responsible for millions of deaths. This was one that was requested many times over the past week. This is the only portrait of Genghis Khan that was supervised by someone who knew what he looked like - his grandson Khubilai Khan. There are no contemporary portraits of him. Similar to the depiction of Cleopatra, there are different descriptions of what his coloring was. Some claimed he had red hair and green eyes, others claimed he had features very similar to East Asian populations today. I have to admit - this one challenged me and stretched my skills. This was the oldest and most stylized portrait I’ve ever worked from.

# Cleopatra VII

The closest thing we have are Roman busts from the first century BCE, around the time that Cleopatra would have been visiting Rome.

# Emperor Augustus (Born Octavius)

Emperor Augustus (born Octavius, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar) was the first emperor of Rome, ending 500 years of the republic. He’s an incredibly controversial figure, especially due to the smart and ruthless way he came to power, but he ruled over a time of relative peace in the Roman empire.

# King Henry VII

Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, Henry was the last king of England to attain the throne in battle after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

# Marie Antoinette

# Abraham Lincoln

Abe Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war, and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy.

# Anne Boleyn

# Louis XV

Louis XV is lesser known than his predecessor the Sun King and his heir, Louis XVI, but he was the second-longest reigning monarch in French history.

# Queen Isabella Of Castile

# Elisabeth of Austria

During her life, Elisabeth (known as Sisi), was known for being beautiful, smart, rebellious & passionate. Definitely worth some digging into if you are interested in the late 1800s Europe. Images based on the portrait of Elisabeth of Austria by George Raab, 1867.

# Agrippina the Younger

Agrippina the Younger is someone I only recently learned more about, but she had a crazy life. She was the sister to Emperor Caligula, and the mother to Emperor Nero.

# Eleanor of Toledo

Eleanor of Toledo was an astonishing woman. Originally from Toledo, Spain, she was the bride to a famous member of the Medici Family, Cosimo I de Medici. Her husband regularly consulted with her on matters of politics, and she even served as consort during his time away from Florence.

# Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly, American film actress & Princess of Monaco.

# Mona Lisa

# Prince Albert

Prince Albert, shown here at age 21 and painted by John Partridge in 1840. Albert was the Prince Consort to Queen Victoria for 22 years, resulting in 9 children and a massive dynasty that would eventually extend to many of the royal houses in Europe.

# Queen Elizabeth I

# Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

# Caligula

Caligula, infamous brat & Roman Emperor. Does he look like you thought he would?

# Alexander the Great

# Ingrid Bergman

# Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson was the American socialite and divorcée at the heart of the Abdication Crisis that caused King Edward VIII to give up the throne. This unlikely turn of events is the reason Queen Elizabeth II rules today, as her father (George VI) stepped in to take Edward’s place as king.

# Julius Caesar

# Mary I

# Napoleon

Did you know that Napoleon was most likely 5'7"? That's taller than King Louis XIV. Some say his perceived smaller stature was due to him looking small in comparison to his huge accomplishments. Others say it there was an error when translating his true height from French to English. Who do you think he looks like here?

# Henry VIII

# Jane Seymour Was The Third Wife Of Henry VIII

The six wives of Henry VIII. Jane Seymour was the third wife of Henry VIII, and the only one to give him a living son and heir.

# The Beauty Of Anne Of Cleves

Another of Henry VIII's wives (arguably the luckiest of the six), this portrait really shows the beauty of Anne of Cleves. The reputation she earned after being rejected by the King was completely unearned.

# Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville, who has always been a fascinating character in history to me. She was the longstanding wife of King Edward IV, from 1464-1483. She was technically the first "commoner" since the Norman Conquest to marry into the English royal family. Her reign was not an easy one, as the War of the Roses was still raging in the kingdom.

# Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard (c. 1523 – 13 February 1542) was Queen of England for only 16 months as the fifth wife of Henry VIII. Katherine was actually the cousin of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn (an image we have done before). When they married, he was 49 and she only 16 or 17. Katherine was accused of adultery and executed by the King, ending her short reign as the Queen of England.

# Christina of Denmark

Christina of Denmark, seen here in an original Hans Holbein portrait, lived from 1521 - 1590.
Christina was considered as a possible bride for King Henry VIII of England. Christina was not fond of the English King's reputation, given that he had divorced his first wife and beheaded his second wife. The originator of one of the greatest quotes about King Henry in history, Christina famously said "If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England's disposal." What an amazing denial to a marriage proposal.

# Prince Albert

Prince Albert, shown here at age 21 and painted by John Partridge in 1840. Albert was the Prince Consort to Queen Victoria for 22 years, resulting in 9 children and a massive dynasty that would eventually extend to many of the royal houses in Europe.

# Nefertiti

This bust of Nefertiti is famous for its grace and beauty. Nefertiti lived from approximately 1370 - 1330 BC. She was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Akhenaten is famous for his attempt to transition Egypt into a monotheistic society (worshipping only the sun god, Aten), instead of a polytheistic one.

# Queen Isabella Of Castile

Partner to Ferdinand II of Aragon and the queen who sent Columbus on his way to the “new world” in 1492. Here’s what she might have looked like if she lived today.

# The Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov

# The Famed Author Jane Austen.

# Katherine of Aragon

Wife of King Henry VIII and Queen of England from 1509-1533, has always been my favorite. There are several portraits of her that all range in looks, so it’s hard to tell her true likeness. I think this one captures her piety as documented by historians.

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